At Luxury Activist, we discovered that Scarlett Johansson sings! And it is not bad at all. Who remembers the famous “Bonnie & Clyde” song by Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot? It is based on an English language poem written by Bonnie Parker herself a few weeks before she and Clyde Barrow were shot, entitled “The Trail’s End”.
Here is the original text written by Bonnie herself:
The Trail’s End
by Bonnie Parker
“You’ve read the story of Jesse James
of how he lived and died.
If you’re still in need;
of something to read,
here’s the story of Bonnie and Clyde.
Now Bonnie and Clyde are the Barrow gang
I’m sure you all have read.
how they rob and steal;
and those who squeal,
are usually found dying or dead.
There’s lots of untruths to these write-ups;
they’re not as ruthless as that.
their nature is raw;
they hate all the law,
the stool pidgeons, spotters and rats.
They call them cold-blooded killers
they say they are heartless and mean.
But I say this with pride
that I once knew Clyde,
when he was honest and upright and clean.
But the law fooled around;
kept taking him down,
and locking him up in a cell.
Till he said to me;
“I’ll never be free,
so I’ll meet a few of them in hell”
The road was so dimly lighted
there were no highway signs to guide.
But they made up their minds;
if all roads were blind,
they wouldn’t give up till they died.
The road gets dimmer and dimmer
sometimes you can hardly see.
But it’s fight man to man
and do all you can,
for they know they can never be free.
From heart-break some people have suffered
from weariness some people have died.
But take it all in all;
our troubles are small,
till we get like Bonnie and Clyde.
If a policeman is killed in Dallas
and they have no clue or guide.
If they can’t find a fiend,
they just wipe their slate clean
and hang it on Bonnie and Clyde.
There’s two crimes committed in America
not accredited to the Barrow mob.
They had no hand;
in the kidnap demand,
nor the Kansas City Depot job.
A newsboy once said to his buddy;
“I wish old Clyde would get jumped.
In these awfull hard times;
we’d make a few dimes,
if five or six cops would get bumped”
The police haven’t got the report yet
but Clyde called me up today.
He said,”Don’t start any fights;
we aren’t working nights,
we’re joining the NRA.”
From Irving to West Dallas viaduct
is known as the Great Divide.
Where the women are kin;
and the men are men,
and they won’t “stool” on Bonnie and Clyde.
If they try to act like citizens
and rent them a nice little flat.
About the third night;
they’re invited to fight,
by a sub-gun’s rat-tat-tat.
They don’t think they’re too smart or desperate
they know that the law always wins.
They’ve been shot at before;
but they do not ignore,
that death is the wages of sin.
Some day they’ll go down together
they’ll bury them side by side.
To few it’ll be grief,
to the law a relief
but it’s death for Bonnie and Clyde.”
The song by Gainsbourg tells the story of the outlaw couple Bonnie and Clyde. It was released on two albums in 1968: Gainsbourg’s album Initials B.B., and Gainsbourg and Bardot’s album Bonnie and Clyde. Of course Gainsbourg and BB were in an affair, quite sulfurous for that time. So this song had an interesting context based on their real relationship.
43 years later, Lulu Gainsbourg, his son, decided to record a new album called “From Gainsbourg to Lulu”. It will be out in november this year. among the songs, there is a very sexy duo with Scarlett Johansson on Bonnie & Clyde. In the original song, Brigitte Bardot sings in french and here, Scarlett Johansson sings in english, which gives a new twist on the song.
Here is the youtube release for the song. Scarlett is real good.
Then, Ms Johansson is featuring a song with the legendary Crooner Dean Martin for Christmas. The american velvet voice is launching this month an album with Christmas songs and the one called “I’ll be home for Christmas” will be done in duo with Scarlet Johansson.
Is she looking for a new career? Actually no. She is an actress and A SINGER. On May 20, 2008, Ms. Johansson debuted as a vocalist on her first album, Anywhere I Lay My Head, which comprises mostly cover versions of Tom Waits songs. Her second album, Break Up, with Pete Yorn, was released in September 2009.
She also participated on a beautiful video of Justin Timberlake for the song “What goes around…comes around”. You might not like Justin Timberlake but the video is a little “pearl”. It was written by Nick Cassavetes and directed by Samuel Bayer. Look here the video. I found the photography of the clip just beautiful:
I can see a delicate sensual voice, a little shy but with an interest, especially reviewing such great songs with a modern twist. What do you think?